NJC reacts over CJN Onnoghen’s voluntary retirement, commends Buhari

NJC reacts over CJN Onnoghen’s voluntary retirement, commends Buhari

The National Judicial Council (NJC) on Monday, June 10, confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s acceptance of the voluntary retirement of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Legit.ng understands that the council’s director of information, Soji Oye, disclosed this in a statement.

The statement said: “Council held an emergency meeting today to take formal note of the acceptance of the voluntary retirement of Hon Mr Justice Walter Onnoghen, GCON, as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

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“The president’s acceptance of the retirement is in line with council’s recommendation to the President on 3rd April, 2019."

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the statement added that the council, at the end of its deliberations, thanked President Buhari for the acceptance which, which it said was in the best interest of Nigeria.

President Buhari had suspended Onnoghen on allegation of complexities surrounding his false and non-asset declarations while the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) convicted him of the offences.

Subsequently, Justice Tanko Muhammad was appointed as Acting CJN to fill in the gap created.

Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, June 9, accepted the voluntary resignation of Walter Onnoghen.

This was disclosed in a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman. “President Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Hon Justice Walter Onnoghen as chief justice of Nigeria, effective from May 28, 2019.

“The president thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life,” Shehu wrote in a statement on his social media page.

It was also reported how the NJC recently recommended the retirement of Onnoghen to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The commission after a deliberation on Wednesday, April 3, unanimously reached an agreement that Onnoghen be retired over petitions filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Members of the NJC led by an interim leadership under Umaru Abdullahi, a former president of the Court of Appeal, agreed that the suspended CJN had lost the morality of authority to continue as Nigerian chief justice with the litany of allegations bordering on misconduct.

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